Articles tagged with: Development
The United Nations launched in April a global plan to combat two of the leading killers of children under five, potentially saving two million youngsters each year who would otherwise die from pneumonia and diarrhoea in low- and middle-income countries.
In order to deliver urgent humanitarian aid to 51 million people around the world in 2013, the United Nations and its partners have asked for $8.5 billion to fund emergency response programs for the year.
Rusting hulks of capsized boats decorate the waters around Berbera, a port city in the self-declared republic of Somaliland. Further down Somalia’s coast, pirates raid freighters in the Gulf of Aden. Yet efforts are underway to help Somalis make better use of their 3,300km coastline.
The elimination of sexual violence in conflict is not impossible, a United Nations senior official said late October, stressing that to fully eradicate this scourge there needs to be a stronger political will from governments as well as adequate legal frameworks in place to prosecute perpetrators.
People challenged with mental illness, are now being treated at day care centres in India. This reporter met with one of the founders of COOJ (Cause of Our Joy) Mental Health Foundation in the south-west Indian state of Goa who said these centres are somewhat like the Club Houses in Toronto, Vancouver or Calgary but that they differ in their approach.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has praised China’s efforts to implement initiatives that will lead to sustainable development, as well as its participation at the recent United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), adding that countries still need to do much more to achieve all their economic, environmental and social goals in the next 20 years.
Sub-Saharan Africa cannot sustain its present economic growth unless it eliminates the hunger that is affecting almost a quarter of its people, according to a new United Nations report launched in May, which calls for new approaches to empower local communities to ensure food security in the region.
Survivors of sexual violence in Indonesia face an uphill battle in recovery as a result of an inadequate legal system, police inaction, and prevailing societal attitudes that tend to be suspicious of victims, say activists.
In Canada our credibility is at stake if we do not have a voice on the abuse of rights of indigenous people, Greg Benjamin of Amnesty International told a forum in Halifax last November. “Canada has had a chequered history with the UN Declaration of Rights of the Indigenous People, having played a positive and negative role. The indigenous people are the most impoverished and marginalized,” he said.
Top United Nations officials warned in March about the dangerous bond between racism and conflict, urging the international community to address grievances before they explode into catastrophic conflict.